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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you show me what my smile will look like ahead of time?

Yes. We take digital photos and stone models of your smile as part of the smile analysis process. Then, a diagnostic wax model of how you would like your smile to look will be created. This will give you the opportunity to give us input on your final result before any work is done. Also images can be generated on the computer to better help you visualize the work to be done.

At what age should children first see the dentist?

Children should come in for their first “official” visit when they’re around three or four, old enough to sit in the dental chair.  We suggest, however, that you bring them into the office a few months earlier, maybe when an older sibling or a parent has an appointment.  We’ll give them a ride in the dental chair and let them get acquainted with our office in a fun, non-threatening way.

What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

When you call our office after hours, a message will give you information on how to contact the doctors in case of emergency.

What different payment options do you provide?

We offer a variety of payment options including cash, check, credit cards (Visa, AMX, MC and Discover), automatic checking account deductions, and extended payment plans with CareCredit.

How can I safely whiten my teeth?

Good question!  Because of the caustic nature of whitening materials, it’s a good idea to see a dentist and a licensed dental hygienist before deciding how to whiten your teeth. 

We offer both at home, professional strength whitening systems and Zoom in-office whitening.  We’ll be glad to explain how each works and help you decide if one system or the other might be better for you.

What makes you different from any other dental practice I could visit?

We believe it’s the level of trust that we establish with our patients.  We’ll explain everything carefully, so you’ll have a very clear understanding of your dental health and any proposed dental treatments.  We won’t rush you into any decisions about your care.

We treat you right, tell you the truth about your treatment, answer any questions you have, and explain everything we do.  That’s what makes us different.

I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What happens if it comes off or breaks?

In an emergency, you can place the crown back in your mouth as long as it stable.  If there is any question that it is not stable or not seating correctly, leave the crown out and give us a call as soon as possible during normal working hours so we can cement it back in for you.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Yes, absolutely! Bleeding gums may signal the onset of periodontal disease, which can lead to bone and tooth loss if left untreated.  Please call our office and get your gums checked.

Remember, if you ever have a question or concern about your teeth and gums, you should feel free to call our office.  We’re glad to answer any questions and perhaps prevent a small problem from becoming a large one.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

There are several ways we can change the look of your front teeth without the use of braces, including bonding, veneers, and bridges.  All methods have advantages and disadvantages.  To help you decide what’s right in your particular case, please make an appointment for a smile evaluation.

What is smile analysis and smile design?

These are the processes that we use to ensure that you get a smile that’s just right for you.  First, we talk to you about what you like and don’t like about your current smile.  We take digital images of your smile so we can analyze it.

Then, we make a stone model of your teeth.  On this model, we create a diagnostic wax model.  This model will be a “preview” of your final smile design.

You’ll see both the digital image and a wax model of your mouth with the proposed changes before any work begins, so you can look forward to your new smile with confidence.